Devastating blow for Tim Tszyu as highly-anticipated showdown with dominant world champion Jermell Charlo falls through – and the Aussie had to find out through social media!
- Fight had been scheduled for September 30
- Charlo has opted to go up a weight division
- Will now face Canelo Alvarez
Australian boxing prodigy Tim Tszyu has been dealt a severe setback as his long-awaited clash with the formidable world champion Jermell Charlo has been officially canceled.
Charlo, renowned for his impeccable record of 35 wins, 1 loss, and 1 draw, has made an unexpected decision to jump weight divisions, opting to face another undisputed champion in the ring, the legendary Canelo Alvarez.
Alvarez, with an impressive track record of 59 wins, 2 losses, and 2 draws, along with a staggering 39 knockout victories, emerged as Charlo’s new adversary in this eleventh-hour alteration.
Initially, Alvarez had been slated to square off against Charlo’s twin brother, Jermall, in what was poised to be an epic showdown between two undefeated champions.
However, fate had other plans, leading to this last-minute swap that will pit Alvarez, the undisputed middleweight champion, against Charlo, the reigning undisputed junior middleweight champion.
Tim Tszyu’s future is now uncertain after world champion Jermell Charlo went up a weight division to fight Canelo Alvarez instead
Jermell Charlo would have been the biggest fight of Tim Tszyu’s life but he has blindsided the Aussie by announcing he will fight Alvarez instead
Charlo will move up two divisions to fight Alvarez for the undisputed super-middleweight crown in Las Vegas on September 30.
That date is precisely the deadline the WBO had imposed for Tszyu and Charlo to square off for all four super-welterweight belts.
Tszyu and Charlo had initially been scheduled to fight on January 29 before Charlo reported two broken bones in his left hand last Christmas.
With Charlo moving up to challenge the so-called face of boxing, the WBO is expected to elevate the undefeated Tszyu from interim to full world champion.
But Saturday’s shock revelation is still a massive hammer blow to the Australian.
Tszyu had retained the interim title with a spectacular first-round knockout of Mexican Carlos Ocampo on the Gold Coast two weeks ago.
Asked by AAP after that victory if he expected Charlo to front up and step into the ring with him, Tszyu rejected the suggestion the American was evading him.
‘He hasn’t been dodging me. He’s been injured,’ Tszyu said.
Injured or otherwise, Tszyu (23-0, 17KO) is now one of the most avoided boxers on the planet.
Team Tszyu is understood to have been blindsided by the Charlo-Alvarez plans and only found out via social media on Saturday morning.
The Alvarez-Charlo blockbuster is believed to be the first ever showdown between two undisputed divisional champions.
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